A message from our CEO, Dr David Lederer.
When the first OCTs were developed, I was a medical student at Tufts University. Even as a young trainee, I knew OCT technology was a game changer. The ability to see retinal anatomy at the micron level seemed like magic.
Despite getting a world-class education, I must admit that I started my career without being truly proficient in OCT interpretation. I often found myself asking questions like “is that choroidal neovascularization or a vitelliform lesion?” or “is that intraretinal fluid or outer retinal tubulation?”. Given the power of OCT technology to transform patient care, I set a goal for myself: I wanted to be able to look at the pixels of each OCT image and unravel the secrets it was telling me. All of the information was there to behold, I just needed to develop the expertise to interpret it. So I read every book and journal article available and I reviewed every image I captured and I spoke to every expert I met at every conference I attended. After years of struggle, I succeeded.
Now I am considered to be an expert in OCT interpretation and I have mentored hundreds of eye care professionals. So I set a new goal: To teach every eye care professional to be able to use OCT technology efficiently and effectively. More specifically, I want to teach you to read OCTs like a pro and help you help your patients in ways you never thought possible.
But the catch is that I cannot work with everybody personally. And I do not want you to have to struggle as much as I did along my learning curve. So instead, I worked with the best educational experts and computer programmers to create a powerful new teaching tool. It’s called INTERPRET™. INTERPRET™ is not your typical learning program. It is not a book. It is not a lecture. Rather, INTERPRET™ is a set of activities that allow you learn by doing with me giving you feedback every step of the way. And it’s a method that works. Rapidly. Consistently.
I believe that expertise is not a static state. Rather, it’s a process. A process of continual learning and continual improvement. I am still learning. I invite you to join me!
Dr David E Lederer, MD FRCSC
Dr Lederer is a board-certified ophthalmologist with fellowship training in medical retina. He graduated from medical school at Tufts University and went on to complete his residency at McGill University followed by a fellowship at Duke University. He now lives with his family in Montreal, Canada.
Ian Gaither, Director of Operation, EyeCarePD
Over the past 18 years, Ian has been designing and developing educational programs for learners as diverse as supermarket clerks and astronauts. He holds a Masters in Educational Technology from Concordia University and spends his waking hours trying to figure out how to make training more relevant and engaging.